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Women in Art: Eastern and Western Perspectives and Issues of Identity


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This course will survey issues of female identities and how they were 'shaped' or informed as functions of social, political and religious dynamics in the Eastern and Western hemispheres and within various historical periods. The students will 'objectify' their study with the rich and highly representative collection at the Museum of Fine Arts as they critically interpret female portrayals 'under the brush' of the male artists and the purse of the male patron. The evolution of female identities and shifting perceptions of women will also serve as a key objective in weaving a more comprehensive understanding of this phenomenon